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Tourism: Sub-Saharan Africa: East Africa
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Tourism in East Africa is an important industry giving women a significant potential to earn a living offering services and goods to holidaymakers. While in the formal tourism business the workforce is mainly male, the informal tourism sector, especially the service job market, is an important income generator for women (UNED-UK 1999, 6).

The overall tourism sector in Sub-Saharan Africa has an annual growth rate of 5.8 percent (WTTC 2005), and is a source of much needed hard currency. East Africa is a particularly booming region; here the tourism …

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Schulz, Ute, “Tourism: Sub-Saharan Africa: East Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 September 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0285d>
First published online: 2009

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